For over 100 years Pine Mountain has been focused on enriching lives and connecting people through Appalachian place-based education for all ages.
An in-depth digital look at the Pine Mountain Settlement School ARCHIVE. The collections include photographs, documents, biographies, objects, video and other materials that describe the institution from its beginnings in 1913 to the present day. Many documents are available in FULL TEXT.
Work is ongoing.
ABOUT THE ARCHIVE
The Vision of the Pine Mountain Settlement School Archive is to provide a voice that will encourage transformations in our relationship to the cultures of the Appalachian region through access to a unique and extensive body of material about a rural settlement school within the region. The rural settlement school movement and its impact on the people of Eastern Kentucky and the Southern Appalachians is a story that has sometimes been misrepresented, romanticized, or only partially understood. We envision an accessible, deep, vibrant and vital resource that will encourage exploration and collaborative dialogue about the hidden and sometimes contested history of rural settlement schools. We envision a broader dissemination of research materials across all public, private, and federal sectors interested in Southern Appalachian cultures and life. more …
OUR ARCHIVAL MISSION
The Pine Mountain Settlement School archival mission supports the institutional mission and strategic planning goals. Our institutional mission continues a long 105-year history of multiple educational and social enrichment programs centered on the local community and beyond. Once a boarding school with a progressive educational curriculum, Pine Mountain School’s recent educational programming has moved away from residential education to multi-faceted offerings of short-term environmental, cultural, medical, social, agricultural, and art and craft programs and workshops. But, the archive has not moved away from, nor will it move away from, a commitment to Pine Mountain as place and people. more …
To visit the main page for the School click the link below. To access the Archive go to INDEX TO ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS (also at the top of the page).
New Years start with new calendars and the calendars of Pine Mountain Settlement School tell us much about the people, the history and the desires of the School. Taken as a whole the calendars of Pine Mountain create memories of the past, acknowledgment of now, and imaginations of futures. In our here and now, calendars are arrows to past, and to future. And, most importantly, calendars capture in our now, a range of personal view-points as each calendar creator and viewer aims their own “arrow of time”.
This month we are sharing over 30 calendars created from 1914 until 1977. What stories can you see in these temporal keepers of history? How do the annual summaries, below speak to the calendars?
An anonymous author in Pine Mountain’s past has provided us with valuable information about the School. That person was probably Mildred Mahoney who served from 1953 to 2001 as a teacher, secretary, trustee and interim director of the School. The information consists of a listing of workers along with their occupations, the number of students in some cases, and a summary of key events for each school year from 1937 to 2000. We are in the process of adding the images and transcriptions of this material to the Archives site.
From this data, we can learn of individuals’ interactions with the School, their time at the School and the PMSS activities in which staff, visitors, trustees and community residents were involved during a particular school year. All this is becoming an important resource for maintaining the accuracy of PMSS’s history on the Archives site.
Each school year has its own page. To view any of the 145 pages, go to GUIDE TO HISTORY PMSS Summaries 1937-2000 and click on the school year of your interest. This project is currently in progress and will be completed in the near future.
On December 12, 2013, Kentucky State Nature Preservation Committee bestowed its highest honor, the 2013 Biological Diversity Protection Award, to Ben and Pat Begley. The award was given in recognition of their 28-year tenure teaching environmental science to more than 75,000 students at Pine Mountain Settlement School. Ben left a legacy of hard work, expertise, and dedication that still forms a foundation for the Environmental Education Program at Pine Mountain Settlement School.
The NATIVITY PLAY, an annual event at Pine Mountain Settlement School, was snowed out for a performance this year. For those who did not get to experience one of the iconic events at the school, you may visit the following pages for a sampling of Christmas at Pine Mountain across a century of celebration…. and make your plans for 2019.
During the Winter months at Pine Mountain, the interns and staff catch their breath in the sharp, fresh air of the valley and start planning for the next year’s programs. Environmental Education has always been the backbone of programming at the school since the early 1970s. In the Archive we have begun to gather material from the earliest years to assist our programming staff at the School but we thought you might like to see where we have been digging in the archive. The Guide to Environmental Education will take you to some of the corners we have explored in the archive. If you participated in any of the early EE programs you may want to explore the photographs in 029 V EE Indians and Settlers.
SEE WHAT’S NEW! ARCHIVE for older featured collections.
For example: GUIDE TO FAMILIES IN PINE MOUNTAIN VALLEY COMMUNITY.
COMMENTS and CONTACT
Comments and feedback regarding the material on this website or on the institutional history are welcomed. Comments directly on the website are not enabled.
PMSS ARCHIVE MISSION STATEMENT (extended)
ABOUT OCR TEXT
Many of the texts included in this site have been automatically generated using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. In some cases, these texts have not been manually reviewed or corrected.
OCR enables searching of large quantities of full-text data, but it is not 100% accurate. The level of accuracy depends on the print quality of the original publication and its condition at the time of microfilming. Publications with poor quality paper, small print, mixed fonts, multiple column layouts or damaged pages may have poor OCR accuracy.
CITATION OF MATERIALS
Any PUBLIC use of material must properly cite Pine Mountain Settlement School in the following manner:
“[Identification of Item],” [Collection Name] [Series Number, if applicable]. [date], Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. [date accessed]
The manuscript collections and archival records in the Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections may contain sensitive and/or confidential information derived from historical archives that may be protected under federal and state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers who wish to publish and users who may share material from the Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections are advised by this notice that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in some collections within the Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. may be a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person for which Pine Mountain Settlement School assumes no responsibility.
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See INDEX TO COLLECTIONS for an overview of collections and series.